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V for Varlamov

Posted on: May 2, 2009 4:08 pm
 

The biggest question the Washington Capitals had coming into their series with Pittsburgh has been answered -- for now anyway.

Simeon Varlamov, the 21 year old rookie goalie who didn't necessarily convince his critics despite putting up some great numbers in the previous series against the Rangers, was equally good against the more dangerous Penguins as Washington drew first blood. He had to be because the Caps were surprisingly sloppy in front of him, turning the puck over 22 times.

That created several good chances for the Penguins, but they didn't faze the kid and neither did the traffic Pittsburgh created in front of him. Varlamov ended up making 34 saves including an instant YouTube classic on Sidney Crosby, and outdueled his higher profile counterpart Marc Andre Fleury, who had trouble controlling some rebounds.

Overall, the game didn't quite live up to the hype in terms of pure entertainment, but both Crosby and Alex Ovechkin scored goals, and the game ended without running into the Kentucky Derby, so the league marketers had little to complain about.

The Penguins though have something to worry about because their power play has disappeared. Pittsburgh failed to convert on five chances and are now scoreless in its last 17 power plays over the last four games. That has to change if the Penguins are going to beat the opportunistic Caps.
Category: NHL
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Since: Dec 3, 2007
Posted on: May 6, 2009 11:40 am
 

V for Varlamov

Now Crosby is asking the refs to make an announcement to the crowd to stop throwing hats after a HAT TRICK!!!  How ridiculous is that?  Sidney you are a great player...now just appreciate the game and traditions.  It's not YOUR stage anymore.

Kunitz better have his head on a swivel the rest of the way.  Unbelieveable that wasn't a suspension.  Glad the league loves looking out for the Pens.  Nice work Colin Campbell.



Since: Dec 7, 2008
Posted on: May 4, 2009 12:03 am
 

V for Varlamov

The only area where I question Crosby is the heart.  In every other category, there is nobody better than him.  Sidney plays like someone who has dominated his whole life, so when something doesn't go exactly the way he expects...he turns to referee.  The first thing he did when Varlamov made the save, was point up to the booth.  He KNEW he had been beat, yet immediately turned for the review.

Not seeing how that shows he doesn't have heart. Why wouldn't he ask for a review? As the captain, it's his job to ask the ref for things like that. It's not like it was clearly a save. Yeah when you have the overhead shot and have it slowed down it was clearly not a goal. But when it was live its a lot harder to tell. Even for the first replay they showed (not the overhead one), the announcers were like "Oh wait a second. They are going to have to take a look at it." So I'm sure he didn't KNOW he was beat. It's better to ask for a review than not. What's the worst that can happen? They say no goal. What's the worst that could happen if he doesn't ask for a review? It actually was a goal, and they don't count it.

Now take into account several events that Sidney has been involved with, the "fight" with McLean where he goes after a guy with his head down in a face-off.  Next...punching Valabik from behind while he is being held by someone else, and then punching him BETWEEN THE LEGS. That's great character.  There is a monumental dive he took against Montreal, on a face-off he gets shoved to the ground and acts like he got shot.  Then while the other 9 guys on the ice are getting into it along the boards, Sidney just skates around.The McLean fight was iffy. There were reports that McLean agreed to go right off the face off but then just didn't. No one can argue the Valabik incident. I don't remember the Montreal thing so I can't comment. People will dog Crosby no matter what he does though. When he stepped up to fight for Malkin when he got flipped over, people still made fun of him. If that would have been Ovechkin, people would have praised him for it. Let's not forget Ovechkin has had his run ins with cheap shots and of course the 50 goal celebration. Don't get me wrong, I don't want players to act like robots like he always says. Fist pumps, screams, all that good stuff is fine. But the 50 goal celebration was stupid. That doesn't belong in hockey. Leave that for the NFL. You can show emotion without acting like an idiot.

That fact of the matter is, they are both young kids. They are going to make stupid mistakes sometimes.




Since: Dec 3, 2007
Posted on: May 3, 2009 10:35 pm
 

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Are you really questioning Crosby's heart and drive? Yeah Ovechkin has plenty of both, but so does Crosby. That is a ludicrous statement. Just because Crosby doesn't go jumping around all over the palce doesn't mean he doesn't want to win just as much as Ovechkin. I personally don't like the way Ovechkin acts on the ice, but if it gets him going, he's gotta do what he's gotta do.
The only area where I question Crosby is the heart.  In every other category, there is nobody better than him.  Sidney plays like someone who has dominated his whole life, so when something doesn't go exactly the way he expects...he turns to referee.  The first thing he did when Varlamov made the save, was point up to the booth.  He KNEW he had been beat, yet immediately turned for the review.

Now take into account several events that Sidney has been involved with, the "fight" with McLean where he goes after a guy with his head down in a face-off.  Next...punching Valabik from behind while he is being held by someone else, and then punching him BETWEEN THE LEGS. That's great character.  There is a monumental dive he took against Montreal, on a face-off he gets shoved to the ground and acts like he got shot.  Then while the other 9 guys on the ice are getting into it along the boards, Sidney just skates around.

Just play the game, he is too good to take these shortcuts.  There is a reason that a large portion of the league doesn't like him, and it's not jealousy.



Since: Dec 7, 2008
Posted on: May 3, 2009 9:39 pm
 

V for Varlamov

  It's heart, it's drive, it's energy, and it's execution.  No chance on this earth Ovechkin doesn't score on that same play that Crosby was beat.  

Are you really questioning Crosby's heart and drive? Yeah Ovechkin has plenty of both, but so does Crosby. That is a ludicrous statement. Just because Crosby doesn't go jumping around all over the palce doesn't mean he doesn't want to win just as much as Ovechkin. I personally don't like the way Ovechkin acts on the ice, but if it gets him going, he's gotta do what he's gotta do.

You're probably right though. Ovechkin probably does bury that 100% of the time. If you give Crosby that same shot 100 times, he'd bury it probably 99 times. There's no chance on earth that Ovechkin makes some of the plays Crosby makes. I'm not necessarily saying Crosby is better. I'm just saying they are different players. You can't say Ovechkin is better because Crosby didn't score a goal on one specific play.




Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: May 3, 2009 9:25 pm
 

V for Varlamov

WOW   you must have esp-n.   The Caps dominated Pitt all season amd will continue to do so in this series!



Since: Apr 21, 2009
Posted on: May 3, 2009 7:18 pm
 

V for Varlamov

I assume the title of this post alludes to "V for Vendetta"?
 

"V" for Victory!



Since: Nov 30, 2006
Posted on: May 3, 2009 6:05 pm
 

V for Varlamov

You are an idiot. I give you the shots off the post, though I don't remember there being five. But to say Varlamov owned Crosby is simply ridiculous. Go to YouTube and rewatch the first goal. Owned? Please. That save was amazing. Lucky, but amazing. I guess that made up for Eaton's blast that never should have found the net.

Congrats on Game 1. Let's see if you're still using the world "owning" with Varlamov and Crosby in the same order after another week.




Since: Feb 14, 2009
Posted on: May 3, 2009 4:09 pm
 

V for Varlamov

I assume the title of this post alludes to "V for Vendetta"?



Since: Dec 3, 2007
Posted on: May 3, 2009 9:03 am
 

V for Varlamov

I watched every second of the game and I believe the Caps are the better team.  The best player in the world...would BURY that shot and no goalie would ever be able to stop it.  Crosby sent the puck to one of the only spots and at such a slow speed that it could be stopped.  If you believe the Pens can win this series with an inept Power Play, you are out of your mind.  You lost game one without it, and have you seen the Bruins?? 5 Penguins PP's and the Caps only had 2.  It's amazing to me that the Penguins didn't commit 1 penalty in the 2nd or 3rd Period. 

You know what the difference between Crosby and Ovechkin is...Crosby can look like the best player in the world on any given day, Ovechkin IS the best player in the world EVERY day.  If Oveckin were named Adam Harper, from Mississauga Ontario, there wouldn't be an "expert" in the world who sided with Crosby.  He is a phenomenal talent, there is zero question about that, and his skill with the puck is better than Ovechkin's.  But when determining the best player, it's more than that.  It's heart, it's drive, it's energy, and it's execution.  No chance on this earth Ovechkin doesn't score on that same play that Crosby was beat. 



Since: Apr 5, 2008
Posted on: May 3, 2009 7:26 am
 

V for Varlamov

yeah...and if that is the selection of pittsburgh women that was shown behind the benches *shiver*.  i love listening to the pens talk trash...especially after they just lost to a team that played one of their worst playoff games.  the pens have no worries though...right, can't beat the caps on a bad night and have yet to find a way to beat them all season without a shootout....but ohh yeah, pens fans have them winning in 5 or 6 games.  anyone who also watched or was at the game last night knows that there were hardly any pen fans at the stadium.  where was this explosion of pens fans we were supposed to see.  i was hearing numbers of 40-50 percent takeover of the stadium.  HA!  GO CAPS!!!


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